I begin each Saturday with the same routine. I wake up. I brush my teeth. And I ask myself a simple question: Am I going to be productive or should I take the day off? While the inevitable answer is to relax and enjoy my Saturday, the guilt typically settles in around dinner time. I think: how could I have wasted an entire day when there’s still so much to do?
So if you’re anything like me, you need a pretty good excuse for keeping your school books closed. Fortunately, I’ve found the solution (for this Saturday only). It’s called the Tate Street Festival, and it’s a community event that even the most conscientious students can enjoy.
I first learned of the Tate Street Festival from my peers in the creative writing department. Throughout the festival, booths are reserved for vendors, selling anything from clothing and jewelry to pottery and sculptures. Most of these vendors will be local businesses. But the reason my creative writing department notified me of this event is because there will also be booths dedicated to connecting UNCG with the Greensboro community. For instance, the booth my department is running is called Write-On Greensboro, a program “which partners with a variety of local nonprofits to provide free creative writing workshops for community groups.” If you are interested in learning more about this program, make sure to stop by on Saturday or check out the website: http://www.uncg.edu/aas/ccwa/writeon.html. This is just one example of UNCG’s involvement in the festival, and may or may not be a shameless plug for my department.
And speaking of “connecting with the community,” the reason this festival even exists is thanks to a crowd-sourced funding program, which raised the goal of $2,000 with more than a month to spare. This money was then used to hire several bands to perform throughout the day, including The Leeves and Ameriglow. So without the help of our community, the TSF would have no music or dancing, which sounds eerily like the town from Footloose, rather than a weekend celebration. This festival is by the community, for the community. If that doesn’t make you feel good about living here, I don’t know what will.
If you want more information, you can check out the TSF website here: http://www.liveoriginallocal.com/tate-street-festival-2013.html. It will run from 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm this Saturday, September 21st. Whether you’re interested in listening to free live music or seeing local arts and crafts, this event gives you every reason to step out on Saturday and feel darn good about doing it.